Camp Week Concludes

There’ll be perhaps others, post-Disney and in July, and I would guess. But this is the last group of photos from “camp week.”

Looks like all four Disney divisions will begin on Monday (Trackwrestling has dates of today through Wednesday, but I was advised by River City Wrestling Factory that they’re not wrestling until Monday. Still, I’ll check later).

Near as I can tell, there are 38 Florida teams competing in the four divisions, with nine and perhaps 10 Matmen teams in the mix. Gonna be a busy week. How busy? Well, you’ll just have to check back here on Monday and see…

In actual competition over the weekend, rising freshman Matthew Rodriquez (see below) was 3-1 at the Kids of Chaos Summer Nationals event at Jefferson College in Hillsboro, MO, competing in Bracket C in the 14-under age group. Rodriquez had three first-period falls (1:02 over Brickhouse Elite’s Garrett Smith, :53 over Francis Howell’s Jonathan Roberts and an untimed fall over Belton’s Antonio Rizzi, taking only a 6-0 loss to champion James Howell of Rockwood Limbergh).

NFWA Camp Thursday

Instruction continuing at the North Florida Wrestling Academy’s Intensive Camp Thursday. The camp wrapped up on Saturday (Photo submitted by NFWA via Facebook).

Crusader Camp Friday

Busy week for camp director Joe Kemmerer, as he stands with Crusader Wrestling Club campers at the conclusion of his two-day camp, held at Bishop Kenny HS, on Friday at the conclusion of the camp (Photo submitted by CWC via Facebook).

Clay Camp Friday

An aerial view of situational drilling run by Clay coach Jim Reape at Clay HS’ gym on Friday. The camp concluded on Saturday (Photo submitted by Brian Van Vactor).

Wrestlers from Lincoln and Florida High prepare for Monday’s AAU Scholastic Duals — more commonly known as the Disney Duals — with the conclusion of a 3-day camp Saturday at the Lincoln gym (Photo submitted by Clay Allen).

Rising freshman Matthew Rodriquez, top, secures a takedown during the Kids of Chaos Summer Nationals folkstyle tournament in Hillsboro, MO, on Saturday. Rodriquez was 3-1 in the 14-under age group, Bracket C, to secure all-American status in the event (Photo by Bartholomew Rodriquez via Facebook).

A group of Ridgeview wrestlers get ready to start their second camp in as many weeks, as they take part in Camden County’s Southern Hospitality event Sunday (Photo submitted by Ridgeview WC via Facebook).

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I covered wrestling for 15 years up north and "retired" in 2011. But as I thought I had in 1992, I couldn't stay away. Started Northeast Florida Matmen in 2013, Northwest Florida Matmen in 2015. New initiative this year is to create a space on my sites where ALL Florida results can be stored, searched, reviewed and used by my readers, with NO COST TO THEM.

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